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ROG Phone 3 has a super-secret 160Hz mode

Accessed with some debugging

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Recently, ASUS launched the ROG Phone 3, bringing out the best of today’s gaming segment. One of the phone’s highlight is the silky smooth 144Hz display. As you might have noticed, today’s smartphones are pushing the limits of refresh rates, packing in monitor technology into a phone-sized package. However, unbeknownst to consumers, ASUS is harboring a huge secret. Apparently, the ROG Phone 3 has a super-secret 160Hz mode.

Spotted by XDA Developers, the new gaming phone is hiding the heightened refresh rate inside its files. Normally, when you configure the display’s refresh rate in the Settings, you can access only the advertised options: auto, 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, and 144Hz. The hidden 160Hz isn’t available out of the box.

However, after a short debugging process detailed in the report, users will be able to access the 160Hz refresh rate from the same set of options. Notably, the process isn’t hacking the mode in. Rather, the option is already inside the phone’s coding. The process just opens it up again. This means that the 160Hz option was considered prior to the phone’s launch.

According to the report, the blazing fast refresh rate must not have made it past the testing phase. However, the option does work and doesn’t cause any huge problems for the phone after activation.

Of course, normal users might not find much use for the hidden setting yet. Currently, the ROG Phone 3’s 144Hz display is already pushing it, making gaming much smoother even in normal apps. It’s still nice that the ROG Phone 3 has a super-secret 160Hz mode regardless. Further, the hidden setting might hold clues to the industry’s eventual future.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ROG Phone 3 review: More than just a spec monster?

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OPPO Find X2 Pro now comes in Green Vegan Leather

OPPO’s finest in a new skin

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OPPO Find X2 Pro Green Leather

OPPO’s finest is back but in a new skin. The OPPO Find X2 Pro Green Vegan Leather Edition is now official and it’s coming to Singapore.

That isn’t just any kind of leather. With an IP68-rating, it’s splash, dust, and waterproof. OPPO says the new color variant takes inspiration from the concept of “healing.” The company believes it is a soothing and refreshing color that exudes comfort.

The complete the look, the phone also includes a custom-made vegan leather built-in middle frame. It uses environmentally-friendly materials along with a unique three-layer leather stitching technology.

OPPO’s finest

The OPPO Find X2 Pro is the culmination of OPPO’s innovations over the years. Here’s an excerpt from our review:

“The Find X2 Pro delivered in every aspect, especially in those that are most important to us. Just by holding the phone, you can tell that OPPO spent a lot of time refining the product. The Find X2 Pro has one of the best spec sheets found on smartphones this year as well.”

Pricing and availability

The OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G Green Vegan Leather Edition is priced at SG$ 1,699 (US$ 1237), and will be available from this Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Singtel, Starhub and M1 stores, OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada Flagship Store, and at all OPPO Concept Stores.

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The OPPO A53 launches in Singapore

A new budget phone?

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OPPO A53

OPPO is strengthening its lower-midrange/near-budget lineup with the addition of the OPPO A53. The phone which first launched in India is now coming to Singapore.

The OPPO A53 features a 6.5-inch HD+ Neo Display with 90Hz screen refresh rate and up to 120Hz touch sampling rate.

Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It’s expandable up to 256GB via a MicoSD. The MicroSD card slot sits right next to the dual-sim card slots. It has a 5000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charge.

Coming to the cameras, up front situated inside a punch hole is the 16MP front-facing camera. It has all the AI Beautification features we’ve come to expect from OPPO smartphones.

On the rear is a triple camera setup. There’s 13MP main camera, a 2MP depth sensor, and another 2MP camera for macro photography. Again, it’s peppered with the usual AI and camera features found on OPPO units.

Pricing and availability

The OPPO A53 will retail in Singapore for SG$ 329 (US$ 240) and will come in Electric Black and Fancy Blue. It will be available beginning Saturday, September 26 on OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada stores, OPPO Concept Store, and authorized retailers in Singapore.

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Here are our favorite iOS 14 custom home screens

Some inspo to get creative

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The recent iOS update has taken social media by storm, shining a light on creativity expressed by iPhone users and designers.

In case you’re living under a rock, #iOS14homescreen trended in Twitter highlighting the prettiest and most creative home screens.

As of writing, many users are still having fun expressing their wit and style through custom widget designs. If you’re looking for inspiration to create your own, we’ve rounded up our favorite iOS 14 custom home screens!

If you love coffee and earth tones

For those who love a minimalist approach

Feeling blue?

It’s time to go green!

Making it futuristic and dystopian a la Vice City

For party freaks missing the neon lights

How about Karasuno High from Haikyu!!?

Paint the town pink!

Keeping it dark, eerie, and sexy~

Toodles, doodles!

That pastel and nude colors used by several Instagram aEstHetIc influencers

When you just love the universe…

…or your idols

And so far, here’s the best one… especially if you want to keep yourself from being addicted to your phone

Which one do you like best? Share your custom home screen designs on Instagram and tag us @gadgetmatch!

SEE ALSO: Here’s everything new on iOS 14 | These are the iPhones that will work with iOS 14

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